Unlocking The Power Of Amino Acids In Growing Marijuana
Posted by Lee G. Leissett | January 07 2013 | 7595 views | Comments ↓
Amino acids are serious bloom boosters in medical marijuana.
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Microbiologist and marijuana growers are constantly discovering more about the microscopic world that directly affects plant functions. One of the biggest breakthroughs in recent years is the study of the “building blocks” of all proteins: amino acids. Amino acids are organic compounds with an amino (-NH2) and a carboxylic acid group (-COOH) that are required for plant functions throughout the plant’s entire life cycle. Amino acids are necessary for the synthesis of cellular molecules, including chlorophyll, enzymes, proteins and vitamins.
Even at the very beginning of a plant’s life, amino acids are vital. During the germination process, an embryo will consume amino acids derived from proteins stored in the endosperm. Other specific amino acid-related functions include the synthesis of structural proteins, contributing to the formation of phytohormones (auxins, ethylene, polyamines, porfines, etc.), and the regulation of water balance, particularly in times of stress. Amino acids can also act as chelators of the essential nutrients required for normal plant development.
Why Supplement Amino Acids?
Amino acids are a key ingredient in marijuana bloom boosters that enhance flowering. But why?
It is true that plants create their own L-form amino acids when grown in optimal conditions. However, in order to create these amino acids the plant will have to “exert” a good amount of energy. Supplementing amino acids frees up the plant’s natural energy to focus on growing. It has also been discovered that plants growing in less desirable conditions or plants experiencing stress will decrease, or even stop, their amino acid production. In order to obtain the essential L-form amino acids a plant will actually break down structural proteins. This activity requires a lot of energy that would otherwise be used to promote more growth or root stimulation.
By supplementing L-form amino acids to their medical marijuana plants a grower can ensure the maximum level of amino acids needed by their plants is maintained. This will help optimize their plant’s performance and allow their plants to focus energy otherwise used for synthesis of amino acids on producing bountiful yields and sticky buds.
Is There A Difference In Amino Acid Supplements?
Amino acids come in two forms: L and D. The D form amino acids are larger molecules with a high molecular weight, which means they cannot be used by plants. L-form amino acids are smaller and can be absorbed by plants. This is very important to understand when shopping for an amino acid supplement. Fertilizer companies who use strong acidic or alkaline solutions to extract amino acids generally end up with a formula that contains both L and D form amino acids. These solutions are usually less expensive; rightfully so, because they are less effective.
Companies that use enzymatic hydrolysis of proteins to produce amino acid formulas end up with only L-form amino acids. These formulations are usually more expensive because of a more intensive processing but are well worth it because they are much more effective. As with most things, you get what you pay for. Amino acid supplements are no exception.
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Article by Lee G. Leissett, on Jan. 7th 2013